Record 124 Pound Blue Catfish

Derek Bierman   Sunday, June 05, 2005 9:03 PM

This story is a bit old, but for those who had not heard of the record catfish caught in the Mississippi River, it is quite amazing.

"Moment of doubt Pruitt told NBC's 'Today' show Thursday that the catfish bit on his line just 10 minutes after he'd complained to his wife and a friend that 'we hadn't had a bite all night.' The fish was swimming below the Melvin Price Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River when it grabbed Pruitt's line. The two struggled for more than half an hour, and at one point the fish dragged their boat before Pruitt could reel it in. 'I didn't think I'd ever see the fish,' he told 'Today.' 'My adrenaline was really pumping, so it wasn?t that bad,' Pruitt said of pulling the heavyweight into the boat. 'Later on, when I was lifting him out of the livewell and into another tank I really felt the weight.'"

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